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Welcome to NICA!

The National Independent Concessionaires Association is dedicated to strengthening relationships with the Fair, Festival, and Special Events Industries through effective communication, benefits, education, leadership, and solutions.

Our growing membership includes over 1100 mobile food and retail Concessionaires, Fairs, Festivals, and Associate Members in the Industry-related companies in the United States and Canada. NICA's large amount of benefits include discounts on variety of items including food, beverages, supplies, travel, and lodging, so you can make the most of your season. 

NICA participates in a majority of State Fair annual conventions along with the WFA Convention and NICA Sysco Marketplace in January, NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods Food Show in February, and IAFE Convention in November.

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February 3rd-5th, 2020

NICA and Fare Foods are proud to bring you one of the best Business Expos and Food Shows in our industry! This year the theme is 20/20 Vision, focusing on the future of our industry with clear vision. The NICA Business Expo provides Workshops and Discussion Groups which cover the issues and daily challenges our industry is faced with today, facilitated by experts in their fields.

The Fare Foods 2020 Food Show will feature exhibitors showcasing the latest food trends and technology that will define the 2020 Fair Season.


We have some exciting new surprises this year. We have chosen a new registration program, Whova.  The App that has been designed for the event can be downloaded after you register. The Whova app will keep up to date on all the new happenings, schedule, has the ability to interact with other attendees, and has information on all the sponsors and exhibitors.

Apply for the First Timer's Convention Scholarship Today!

Have you always wanted to attend the WFA and/or NICA Conventions but just haven’t committed to it? Whether it be because of expense, timing or any other reason, NICA is here to help get you there!

It is with much excitement that we share a new Scholarship Opportunity to NICA Members! Up to five current NICA Members will receive $500 towards travel expenses to attend the WFA or NICA Convention.

Applications are accepted until January 3rd for the WFA Convention and January 17th for the NICA Convention. For more information, visit the First Timer's Scholarship Application Page or click the button.

The discount and savings programs that NICA has negotiated with our premiere partners are just another way we are building relationships throughout this industry in order to bring much needed and REAL benefits to our members. See the 2019 Benefit Booklet for more details.

Member Directory

As a NICA Member, you have 24/7 access to your online Membership Directory.

Member Benefits

View our full benefits list and see how you can save more than the cost of a membership.

Industry Associations

Our sister organizations include IAFE, WFA, IAAPA, IISA, OABA, and CAFE.

Event Calendar

View our event calendar to see upcoming deadlines, events, and shows for NICA.

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